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Commencement Weekend Activities

Join us in celebrating the success of our students!

Pre-Commencement Reception on Sunday

May 14, 2022 update: Due to the possibility of inclement weather, the University of Kansas has moved the start of the 2022 Commencement back to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday May 15, 2022.

Therefore, our school's "Send off from Dean Akinwuntan" reception will now be held from 1-2 p.m.

Join the dean for refreshments and pick up some fun items including a school-branded bag, sunglasses, and other SWAG. No ticket or RSVP necessary and we invite you to bring your family, friends and guests. At around 2 p.m., the school's faculty and staff will escort graduating students to their starting position for the traditional walk down the Hill.

For questions about the school's graduation events, please contact Christi Jones in the Office of the Dean at or 913-588-5235 (711 TTY).

For information about KU Medical Center graduation events, including answers to frequently asked questions, please visit the KU Medical Center recognition ceremonies information page.

Additional information is available on the KU Commencement website.

2022 School of Health Professions Student Recognition Ceremony

The school honored and celebrated its Class of 2022 graduates on Saturday, May 14, 2022, at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas. 

Please look to our Facebook page for photos from the event.

The historic Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall is located at 600 North 7th Street Trafficway in Kansas City, Kansas. Drop-offs may be made along the north side of Memorial Hall, off Barnett Ave.

Memorial Hall has a surface lot on the west side (behind) the building on Barnett Ave. This lot is the primary parking locatino for individuals needing special accommodations.

  • Students: please park in Lot C.
  • Guests: please park in Lots C, E and 3.
  • Faculty and VIP: please park in Lot 1 (behind Memorial Hall).

parking map

Students participating in Saturday's event should arrive by 8:30 a.m. The ceremony will promptly start at 9 a.m.

View the seating chart for this year's student recognition ceremony (PDF)

Instructions for students participating in the event

Alpha Eta

Students participating in Alpha Eta who have not picked up their certificate and cord packet by 5 p.m. on May 12, please find Christi at the ceremony Saturday morning to get yours.

Students graduating this year: registration is required to attend the student recognition ceremony and hear your name called as you walk across the stage. If you have not registered by the deadline, please contact Christi Jones. Only students that have signed up will receive our regular updates on this year's event.

These events are invitation only with limited capacity. Some may be available online via livestream. For more information about them, please contact the department.

Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences

Farewell Reception
Friday, May 13, 2022 at 12 p.m.

Department of Dietetics and Nutrition

Awards Luncheon
Monday, May 9, 2022

Department of Health Information Management

Pinning and Awards Ceremony
Friday, May 13, 2022 at 11 a.m.

Department of Hearing and Speech

Doctor of Audiology White Coat Ceremony
Friday, May 13, 2022 at 4 p.m., KU Medical Center Campus

Department of Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences & Disorders and Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorder's Graduation Recognition Ceremony
Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 1 p.m., KU Lawrence Campus

Department of Nurse Anesthesia Education

Class of 2022 White Coat Ceremony
Friday, May 13, 2022 at 4 p.m.

Department of Occupational Therapy Education

Recognition Ceremony
Thursday, May 12, 2022 at 9 a.m.

Department of Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Science, and Athletic Training

Pinning and Doctoral Hooding Ceremony
Thursday, May 12, 2022 at 6 p.m.

Department of Respiratory Care and Diagnostic Science

Recognition and Reception
Friday, May 13, 2022 at 11 a.m.

KU School of Health Professions

KU School of Health Professions
KU Medical Center
3901 Rainbow Blvd
Mailstop 2007
Kansas City, KS 66160
913-588-5235 • 711 TTY